ST. PETERSBURG — Seniors Kamyia Smith and Andrea Johnson wanted to accomplish something that hasn't been done in 21 years at St. Petersburg High: win back-to-back district championships. With help from junior Kamika Idom, the Green Devils defeated Sarasota 50-41 Friday to accomplish the feat.
"It means a lot to us to do it," Smith said of winning the 6A-7 title. "We've got the talent and skills to go all the way."
The Green Devils opened with some hot 3-point shooting from Tania McCullum and Paige Lewis to take a 13-6 lead.
Idom took the scoring reins in the second quarter, scoring eight and enabling the Green Devils to take a 25-12 lead at halftime.
Sarasota started its comeback in the third quarter by taking care of the ball and converting easy layups.
The barrage continued in the fourth as Tylar Tracy nailed a 3-pointer and Jessica Fischer converted a three-point play to pull the Sailors within four.
"When they started their comeback I had a flashback to last year," Smith said. "I was like, 'Oh no, this can't happen again.' "
Two free throws by Johnson extended the lead to six and after another Sailors free throw, Smith sank two free throws of her own and Johnson converted a breakaway layup to put the game out of reach.
"It's wonderful to have home court where we are most comfortable," St. Petersburg coach Tamika Coley said about next week's game. "We like having our fans here and it puts pressure on the players that I just can't put on them."
Idom led the Green Devils with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Smith finished with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists. Johnson scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds despite foul trouble.